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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book is so much fun!

I managed to get an advance copy and I could hardly put it down. It's a really terrific tale about the FBI's only art crime agent - a sharp, funny, honest guy with a treasure trove of amazing, compelling stories. There also are some deeply personal and poignant sections...
I managed to get an advance copy and I could hardly put it down. It's a really terrific tale about the FBI's only art crime agent - a sharp, funny, honest guy with a treasure trove of amazing, compelling stories. There also are some deeply personal and poignant sections that give Wittman real depth. It's a great read - and it would make a great movie!

posted by 3670825 on May 28, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Interesting

An interesting look at the FBI and art crime. I found the book to be a good read but was a little taken that by the lack of details. About 50% of the way through the book I somewhat tired of it.

posted by Sir_Robert on September 20, 2010

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Interesting

    An interesting look at the FBI and art crime. I found the book to be a good read but was a little taken that by the lack of details. About 50% of the way through the book I somewhat tired of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Artful

    Now that Whitey Bulger is in the slammer, it's troubling that the paintings stolen from Boston's Gardner Museum will likely remain unrecovered due to the FBI bureaucratic in-fighting Wittman describes. I liked this memoir a lot, partly because of and partly in spite of its Populist subtext. I also was interested that Wittman implicitly recognized a difference between the Indian artifacts case and his other work -- perhaps because he there came close to the legal definition of entrapment and in so doing, assumed a moral stance not too different from the people he pursued.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Interesting, but can loose interest

    When I began reading this memoir, I thought it would be about Wittman's life and his overall accomplishments in the FBI. I was right. The plot, though a simple narration of court cases and the pressures he faced while he was undercover are interesting, it overall was lacking.
    It starts and ends strong with Wittman recounting his last undercover job. He describes everything in such accurate detail that you feel like you're there. But as the story weaves in and out between his own personal life and his professional, I felt very much like the book was following procedure. Each chapter began with a name, date, and place, and each said pretty much the same thing-this was stolen here...and it's very important because....and I got it back by doing this...
    Overall the book gets lost in it's own complicated web as the overall connecting theme is Whittman, and if you don't like him then you aren't going to like the book. But luckily he comes across as genuine and humble, making him all the more readable.
    Readers beware, if your art history is not up to snuff or you can't tell a Vermeer from a Rockwell this is not the book for you. But if you have an appreciation for art then definitely try this book out.
    Though a bit dull in the middle,Whittman and his co-author Shiffman, do a good job of noting how serious art crime is from the point of view from someone who saw it and lived it.

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